On Tuesday November 22, 2011 at the McKale Center in Tucson, the former West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez made his first public appearance as football coach at Arizona after signing a five-year, $9.55 million contract to replace interim coach Tim Kish, who took over after Mike Stoops was fired last month when he skidded to a 1-5 start. It is necessary to know that Rich Rodriguez took a year off after a terrible three-year stretch at Michigan during which he clashed with the program’s culture and fielded bad defenses.
"I do think I know what it takes to go to BCS bowls and be in the top 10," Rich Rodriguez said after the news conference. "The competition is obviously going to keep getting stronger because of the way the Pac-12 is committed to their programs, but we can get there because look at other schools in our league that have had great success. What do they have that we don't? I think we have some advantages over them." Rich Rodriguez’s five-year, $9.55 million contract is the one in which the university pays $8.05 million and the rest comes from Nike and IMG. The deal also includes incentives - the largest being $150,000 for an appearance in the BCS championship game and $100,000 for any other BCS bowl game.
Rich Rodriguez made his first public appearance as Arizona’s football coach at the McKale Center in Tucson on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, 48, becomes Arizona’s 30th head coach, succeeding Tim Kish, who took over for eight-year head coach Mike Stoops on October 9, 2011
Rich Rodriguez's salary is nearly $2 million per year, likely falling near to the middle of the Pac-12. Before, Rich Rodriguez made at least $2.5 million annually in Ann Arbor, Michigan after signing a six-year, $15 million deal
Rich Rodriguez in an Arizona baseball cap, along with his wife Rita and two children Raquel and Rhett
Rich Rodriguez’s happy family
Former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez (first row of seats, third from left) with wife and assistant coaches watch the Michigan vs. Ohio State basketball game on February 16, 2008
Rich Rodriguez’s Salary: Arizona Football Coach Gets 5-year, $9.55M Deal